Rethinking the City

By 2050, urban areas will account for nearly two out of three people and create three-quarters of the world’s emissions. In the face of unprecedented population growth and climate change, we need to better understand and manage the interconnection between cities and their surrounding ecology.

We cannot ignore that our cities are inextricably linked and a part of nature, not separate from it. Understanding the interconnection between human activity, resource use, protecting biodiversity and the interdependence between cities themselves is essential to solve the critical sustainability issues facing the Pacific Rim societies. The APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Program hosted by the University of Oregon aims to unite policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners from across disciplines to find answers to the big social, urban, and ecological questions of our time.

In one of the world’s most rapidly urbanizing regions, interconnection is key to solving critical sustainability issues facing the Pacific Rim, including supplying adequate food, water, and energy, while preserving vulnerable populations and ecosystems. APRU seeks to make these interconnections and draw on the strengths of differences across the region, using different viewpoints to solve urban and sustainability challenges that transcend city and country boundaries in the Pacific Rim.

Program Website at Oregon University
Dennis Galvan (Program Chair)
University of Oregon
Yekang Ko (Program Director)
University of Oregon
Chingwen Cheng
The Pennsylvania State University
Jinhyun Chon
Korea University
Hongyang Wang
Nanjing University
Chun-Yen Chang
National Taiwan University
Yun Hye Hwang
National University of Singapore
Fei Mo
Shanghai Jiatong University
Andréanne Doyon
Simon Fraser University
Roberto Ponce Lopez
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Robert Dyball
The Australian National University
Paola Boarin
The University of Auckland
Natalia Echeverri
The University of Hong Kong
Yong Guo
Tsinghua University
John Dunn I. & Ximena Córdova Vallejo
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Mohammed Ali Berawi
Universitas Indonesia
Beatriz Maturana Cossio
University of Chile
Makena Coffman
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Yizhao Yang
University of Oregon
Jennifer Amparo & Armin Sarthou, Jr.
University of the Philippines
Catherine Evans
UNSW Sydney
Jeff Hou, Nancy Rottle & Anne Taufen
University of Washington
Christina Schönleber
APRU International Secretariat
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